Puzzles, Puzzles, Puzzles…

Puzzlers, like myself, enjoy free Sunday afternoons. We have time to tackle crossword puzzles, Sudoku, jumble/scrambles, crypto-quip and even find-a-word.

I usually save Sunday after brunch for the big Sunday crossword in my local paper. It includes the New York Times Sunday Crossword Puzzle, too, but it usually is more challenging, so I leave it until I’ve done the regular Sunday puzzle.

Over the years, I have come to realize that I prefer to see how much I can finish before going to the computer for help. More often, I like to keep on working on it during the week because I find I can finish most of it by Thursday.

You see, I no longer think that I must finish every single crossword puzzle I start. There was a time that I was driven to finish, but now I do the daily paper puzzle and can usually finish it in under an hour. And yes, I do love the rush of success when I finish. So therefore, that is why I think I have no major drive to finish the Big Sunday crossword puzzle.

I notice when I’m doing the Cryptoquip, that I have an approach which usually means that by the time Sunday afternoon ends, I have solved it and know what the sentence says. Here again, I let my subconscious take over if I get stuck. I rather like relying on my subconscious for a boost if I need it.

Maybe that’s what puzzlers need—satisfaction! Meeting my more practical goals after many years of puzzling, I have added to my store of knowledge about the complexities of the English language as well as the nuances, twists, and enjoyable tricks of it, as well.

It is great fun for me! Besides, I’m getting to know myself better and better. And isn’t that what helps us relate to one another better and makes community stronger?!

Mary Jane Berger, OSB

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